In his Aug. 27 letter, “MacArthur’s ‘truth’ for Australians,” Charles Ainsworth asked about the awkward truths relating to the treatment of black American soldiers by Australia during World War II. Sadly, the record is an ignominious one.
After the war, the situation was no better. Prime Minister Ben Chifley, who was in power from 1945-1949, and his Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell were both staunch supporters of the White Australia policy. Not only were black Americans unwelcome; the government, by and large, disallowed the Japanese wives of Australian servicemen from settling there, and even went so far as to reject visas for American nisei soldiers who wished to come to Australia.
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